U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) praised today's agreement that would advance the construction of a facility that would rank as the world's fifth-largest solar farm in Ohio. If completed, the project will yield almost 50 megawatts of power which would create 700 jobs and make it the largest solar farm east of the Rocky Mountains.
"Solar energy has the potential to bring a host of benefits to southeastern Ohio, including hundreds of new manufacturing jobs and clean energy for hundreds of thousands of rural Ohioans," said Brown. "Today's announcement shows how Ohio is poised to lead the nation in clean energy. I will work with Governor Strickland and developers of this project to secure every possible source of federal tax incentives and financing to make this solar farm a reality. Ohio deserves no less."
Turning Point Solar and American Electric Power Ohio (AEP) have come to a power purchase agreement (PPA) to build the project on land adjacent to the Wilds, a wildlife conservation center in Noble County. The project will create approximately 700 manufacturing and construction jobs.
Brown will work with Governor Strickland along with business and community leaders to secure funding for the project through federal tax credits such as the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and the Recovery Act 1603 grant-in-lieu-of tax credit program. Brown will also pursue federally-supported financing made through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).